A big honour for a famous Coastie this Queen's birthday: former Matildas Julie Dolan's been made a Member of the Order of Australia.
The Wagstaffe local's been recognised for her pioneering role as the side's captain on three occasions through the 70's and 80's, including during the first ever Women's World Cup in 1988.
Ms Dolan says she's humbled to have received her latest accolade, but also that she and her teammates never saw themselves as trailblazers.
"At the time we were playing because we loved doing it, and we had to, because there was no other incentive," Ms Dolan says.
With the Matildas now receiving worldwide attention thanks to the likes of Sam Kerr, Ms Dolan says she sees a future in which Women's soccer achieves complete equality with the Men's game in Australia.
"Once the resources are pumped into the game, and the players and coaches, you'll see the benefits," she says.
The AM's also prompted her to reflect on her proudest moment.
"It'd have to be our first game in the first FIFA match against Brazil, where we actually beat the Brazillian team against all odds," Ms Dolan said.
Ms Dolan's still heavily involved in the world game: she's the director of the Kariong-based International Football School and the face of the Mariners' current bid for a W-League team.
Ms Dolan's one of three local sports personalities being recognised today - former NSW netball captain Vicki Kerr of Bateau Bay, and Wyong Roos club legend Morry Breen are both receiving Order of Australia medals.
Three members of the Coast's Arts community are also receiving medals this Queen's birthday - Patonga couple Jocelyn McMahon and (posthumously) Robin Norling are being recognised for their multi-award-winning careers since 1960, while Founder and President of the Central Coast Multi Arts Confederation Margaret Hardy's also got a nod.
There are also a few emergency services personnel getting a nod from their forces today: Tuggerah Lakes Police Superintendent John Gralton's received the Australian Police Medal, after a 40-year career during which he managed the police operation for the Pope's 2008 World Youth Day visit to Sydney among other highlights.
While Berkeley Vale FRNSW Station Officer Wayne Young is receiving an Australian Fire Service Medal for his 30-year career as a firefighter across the Coast and Sydney. In that time, he's responded to incidents including the 1997 Thredbo landslide and 2007 Pasha Bulker Storm.
Other Coasties being recognised with OAMs today include:
- John Asquith (Bateau Bay): Chair of the Community Enrivonrment Network since 1999 and Terrigal's Marine Discovery Centre.
- Merril Jackson (Point Frederick): Founder of The Poppy Project at Gosford War Memorial Park and Terrigal's Skillion.
- James Castley (North Avoca): For starting up not-for-profit SewAid, which teaches women in third world nations how to establish sewing businesses to benefit their communities.
- Herbert Leake (Woy Woy): Driver for Central Coast Meals On Wheels since 1985. Ex-president of Kincumber Probus club
- Warren Mills (Glenning Valley) For his work with the Rotary club of North Gosford since 1994.
- Neil Thompson (Woy Woy): Founder of the Salvation Army's Red Shield roadside collection program in 2004.
Colin & Vivien Paulson (Hamlyn Terrace): Both have been honorary commissioners of Scouts Australia since 2009, regional commissioners for hunter and coastal region and other regions in Sydney area before then. Colin’s also the Treasurer of Norah Head Lighthouse Trust, while Vivien’s also director of Budgewoi ladies choir, Warnervale Fair organising committee and Norah Head Women’s Bowling club.
- Edwin Morris (Mangrove Mountain): President of Mangrove Mountain Bushfire Brigade since 1965, member of Mangrove Mountain country fair committee 1965-20115, co-founder of Mangrove Mountain community centre.
- Jack Anastas (Erina): President, National Association of Extremely Disabled War Veterans, NSW Branch, 2012-2017. Also member of Wamberal and Gosford lions clubs since 1973.
- Scot Levi (Gosford): Services to broadcasting.